Osnabrück’s culinary offerings are both extraordinary and unusual. In early November 2011, Thomas Bühner was awarded a third Michelin star for the restaurant “la vie”, before being crowned “Chef of the Year” one week later. He thus fulfilled a “lifelong culinary dream” and opened up a whole new taste dimension to gourmets all over the world. Osnabrück’s culinary offerings range from the world’s best to gourmet restaurants to the rustic brewery, with a sweet detour along the way to the finest confectionery (Leysieffer).
It’s all in the mix: the marketplace has always been the “heart” of the city and a place for weddings, festivals, wine and Christmas markets. Here you can enjoy excellent cakes in front of the yellow and orange-coloured gabled buildings and just a few metres on, Mediterranean delights or a hearty meal. Just behind the town hall is where Thomas Bühner opens the doors to his three-star restaurant “la vie”. Behind the classicist façade lies not only one of the best restaurants in Germany, but also a special Gothic stone structure: for the wine offered at “la vie” is stored beneath the vaulted roof. The Peace Centre in the marketplace is not the only reminder of the city’s most famous son, writer Erich Maria Remarque, so too is his namesake, the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque, which serves top-class Mediterranean dishes at its multi-award-winning gourmet restaurant “Vila Real” – whilst offering a view of the gabled architecture of the Old Town opposite. The Old Town offers plenty of pub flair with specialities such as the Flotter Dreier (a “threesome” consisting of steak, beer and schnapps) or a freshly pulled Rampendahl beer from the brewery of the same name. The oldest wine business in the city is now a four-star hotel. The Romantik Hotel Walhalla offers the perfect setting for a relaxed evening with its David Lounge.